Olympic Betting Preview: Back another high-scoring victory for Brazil

The South Americans have been hitting the net freely so far in the tournament and Phil Kitromilides is expecting them to continue to do so against bottom-placed New Zealand
With Spain having been humiliatingly eliminated following defeats against Japan and Honduras, pre-tournament favourites Brazil are an even shorter price for Olympic glory.

The South Americans have scored three goals in both of their victories so far in the competition and will fancy their chances of adding to that tally against a New Zealand side who are bottom of Group C.

Bet365 offer slight odds of 1/6 (1.16) on a Brazilian victory, while New Zealand can be backed at a mammoth 14/1 (15.00).

Given Brazil's sharp shooting so far this summer, goals look highly probable, yet odds of 2/5 (1.40) on over 2.5 being scored are unlikely to entice many punters.

With both Brazil's matches having seen over 3.5 goals scored, though, the price of evens (2.00) on at least four goals may appeal, especially with the Selecao failing to keep a clean sheet so far. 

Yet for slightly better odds at seemingly minimal extra risk, backing a Brazil win and over 3.5 goals at 6/5 (2.20) looks like a wise investment.

This bet has paid out in both of Brazil's games at the Olympics so far, and with the likes of Neymar and Oscar in scintillating form, the South Americans may well be in the mood to put on a show for the watching public at Sports Direct Arena and could notch up another big score.

For a value bet, a small investment on over 2.5 goals to be scored in the first half appeals at 10/3 (4.33), with this bet paying out in Brazil's opening game against Egypt.

Brazil to win and +3.5 goals at 6/5 (2.20) with Bet365
Over 2.5 goas in first half at 10/3 (4.33) with Bet365

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Phil Kitromilides is a sports broadcaster working on radio and TV in London and Madrid. You can also follow Phil on Twitter.